Gifted faculty are a key to any program. The faculty in the Division of Art at IWU are a vibrant and progressive community of professional artists, designers, historians and scholars. Eleven full-time faculty members bring a richness and depth of academic experience to the classroom and reflect the University's continued commitment to the Art program. You will find that these professors are not just "teachers" but are also producing artists with numerous awards and national recognition. More than 80 percent of the faculty have or are completing terminal degrees.

A crucial philosophy of the Art faculty is the importance of relationship-based teaching. The professor/student contact does not end when the class period is over. Mentoring and individual relationships have impacted many of our students' lives throughout their tenure at the University.

Dallas Walters; MFA Professor; Art dallas.walters@indwes.edu Department - Art Division - Art


Professor Dallas Walters was born in Leon, Iowa, and remains a Hawkeye and small town boy at heart. He married Debra Jimmerson in 1974. Early in his career he was involved in studio and commercial photography. He and his wife moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1979 where Professor Walters completed an M.A. degree at Iowa State University. They relocated to Peoria, Illinois, in 1994 in order for Dallas to pursue an M.F.A. in Photography from Bradley University. Hired by IWU in 1999 as an assistant professor of Art, Professor Walter's interests include fine art photography, woodworking, exploring the United States, and motorcycling.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., 1972, Graceland College
  • M.A., 1987, Iowa State University
  • M.F.A., 1997, Bradley University


Professor Walters' primary interest is in the integration of the visual image (photography) and the third dimension as evidenced in mixed media outcomes. The concepts of time and time marking as related to reality and the futility of the process continue to provide a creative challenge that perhaps borders on hyper-reality. See vita for exhibition record.